50 Players, 50 Days: TJ Irey
May 26, 2020
During the current and unforeseen cancelation of the 2019-20 season, the players in the NAHL saw their seasons cut prematurely short. In some cases, players saw their junior hockey careers come to an end as well. However, the NAHL got together a decided to highlight some of those players, who were born in 1999 and were in their final season of playing junior hockey.
As a result, we present a new series entitled: 50 players in 50 days
50 players in 50 days will select 50 players from each of the 26 NAHL teams this past season that were born in 1999, are currently uncommitted, and deserve some recognition during their time spent playing and developing in the NAHL. Over the course of the next 50 days, we will take time out to look at their accomplishments, review their season, and provide some background on their NAHL careers. Players will be initially highlighted in alphabetical order by team. Enjoy!
Trea (TJ) Irey, Forward, Bismarck Bobcats
Bismarck Bobcats forward Trea (TJ) Irey, 21, made his final junior hockey season one to remember as he joined his hometown Bobcats for his only season in the NAHL.
The 5’11/174 lbs. native of Bismarck, North Dakota, posted 15 points (7 goals, 8 assists) in 43 games played during the 2019-20 season.
Irey was also selected to and played in the 2020 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament for the Central Division team, where he shined in the event posting a goal and an assist helping the Central Division to an undefeated 2-0 record.
“TJ is a character kid, and a kid that plays the game the right way in all situations. He is just an all-around sound and solid hockey player,” said Bobcats head coach Layne Sedevie.
Irey, whose younger brother Kirklan Irey played for the Bobcats during the 2018-19 season, grew up playing hockey in Bismarck, which included two seasons with Bismarck High School, where he had back-to-back 50+ point seasons.